BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) will host a Summer Open House on Friday, May 31 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. The free event is open to the public and will be held at the Performing Arts School (PAS) located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights.

As New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts education center, Wharton’s Performing Arts School offers individual instruction for all ages and abilities on all instruments and voice; summer camps for ages 5-15 from June 24 through August 23 including Music Explorers for ages 5-8 and Theater Explorers for ages 7-13; String Camp for ages 8-15; musical theater, drama, and dance camps; and Orchestral Camp, Summer Winds Camp, and the JTole Summer Jazz Workshop at the New Jersey Youth Symphony. The Open House will feature demo classes centered around program offerings and camps and a brief Explorations in Musical Theater performance at 5:45 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

A $25 Open House discount is offered for all summer programs, limited to one per student. The Open House discount is only applicable on enrollments taken in person at the event. For more information, call 908-790-0700 or visit

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Open House Schedule
5:30-8:00 pm  Student Services Welcome in Lobby Staff answers questions and assists with registration.

5:30 pm  Tour of Facilities

5:45 pm  Explorations in Musical Theater Performance PAS Theater

6:00 pm  Musical Theater Demo with Timothy Cole PAS Theater

6:30 pm  Tour of Facilities, Hip Hop Demo with Nia Jackson Dance Room 13

7:00 pm  Drama Demo with Lilli Markey PAS Theater

7:30 pm  Tour of Facilities

The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education to a wide range of students in a supportive and inclusive environment, where striving for personal excellence inspires and connects those we teach to the communities we serve.

Wharton is New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts education center serving over 1,500 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 14 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, which serve 500 students in grades 3 – 12 by audition. Beginning with Out of the Box Music and Pathways classes for young children, Wharton offers private lessons, group classes, and ensembles for all ages and all abilities at the Performing Arts School. With the belief in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and that arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay, Wharton teaches all instruments and voice and has a robust musical theater program. Based in Paterson, New Jersey, the Paterson Music Project is an El Sistema-inspired program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts that uses music as a vehicle for social change by empowering and inspiring children through the community experience of ensemble learning and playing.

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 10 counties. All of Wharton’s extraordinary faculty members and conductors hold degrees in their teaching specialty and have been vetted and trained to enable our students to achieve their personal best.